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Heart & Soul by Pam Nagel

I love my job! It’s a phrase I hear often at my place of work, and have been able to say to myself over the course of two careers. Saying that phrase and meaning it makes a difference in how you feel about getting up in the morning, leaving your home, and walking into the workplace. It’s also what creates excellent customer service no matter where you work. I am consistently met with a greeting, and warm smile when I pick up my morning coffee at Starbucks. This goes a long way to help make my coffee taste that much better. Working in a retirement community has been an opportunity for me, and others, to share the love of our job with those we serve. When someone moves into a retirement community, they are looking for services to make life a little easier, while still retaining their independence. In an excellent community they will find that they are not only cared about, but cared for too. Walking out of an apartment and being met with a friendly smile, and a kind hello makes each person’s day that much better. Having a housekeeper, maintenance man, care giver, or server smile and ask how you’re doing sets a tone to the day that living alone does not provide. It’s one of the main reasons people move into a retirement or assisted living community. They want that personal connection that is missing when they live at home alone, or even with a partner. Their world has shrunk and socialization has become limited. Therefore, when they move into their new home, the staff that serves them and their new neighbors is a huge part of the reason for the move. It’s much more than bricks and mortar, or even granite countertops that brings a person into a retirement community. It’s the human connection!

privileged throughout my careers in education and retirement living, to work with excellent leaders who create that kind of culture. The behaviors I see in excellent leaders who make a difference start with their heart and soul. They believe in their mission and communicate it clearly to the staff. These are also leaders that work to improve their staff when they see weak spots. They are not afraid to have that conversation that helps a staff member improve. There are opportunities for growth and improvement. There are compliments for work well done. Integrity and honesty are paramount, and delivered in a positive and uplifting manner. This leads to smiles and conversations that are positive and uplifting. It also shows in the way the job is done; Complaints are minimal and performance is at its maximum!

I believe that an exceptional retirement community has a leader, and a team that operates from their heart and soul. It comes from the top down, and permeates the community. When the company that develops a community believes in their mission to provide excellent customer service and care to their residents rather than the bottom line, the bottom line follows. When the leadership in the community is engaged in work that they find meaningful and serve the customers from their heart, there are smiles and a feeling of warmth and acceptance that permeates the building. You see smiles on people’s faces, hear laughter in the hallways and common areas, and feel their contentment and joy. This kind of environment is felt when you walk through the door.

When you are looking for a place to live, to worship, to work, to dine, or simply pick up your groceries, you want to be surrounded by people who love their work. In the retirement industry there are many fine communities that exhibit these qualities. When you go to explore, look for the smiles on the faces of the employees and the residents. Ask to meet the Executive Director, and witness their interaction with you and others. Sit in the living room and watch the residents and the staff, and see how they interact. There are so many good reasons to move to a retirement community, but the BEST ONES are: to get connected, to feel well served and respected, and to get more JOY out of this next chapter of your life!

A joyful and caring community does not just happen. It comes about through leadership of the team members and hiring people who want to show up and do their best. It’s modeled from the top down and when that happens, people respond and model that same behavior. I have been

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Pam Nagel Residents Serving with a Smile Billie Pendleton A Roommate for Life Nancy Werner No Bullying Zone Mary Blakey A Friendly Face Kelley Smith Living Under One Roof Through Life’s Many Stages Adam Conley My Journey of Self-Discovery David Ensor Seniors and Chronic Pain Geoffrey Godfrey Winter Safety Guide for Seniors Leslie Neely Avoid the Flood of Health Care Scams Teresa Ambord Is it About the Real Estate or the Lifestyle? Jane Meyers-Bowen MAKIKO DOI, Master Calligrapher Jared Curtis Kevin’s Christmas Eve Nightmare Patrick Shepard Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Moving into a Retirement Community Sara Shelton Caring Faces Directory

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The Spirit of CRISTA Senior Living: Residents Serving With A Smile by Billie Pendleton

At CRISTA Senior Living, we are constantly reminded of the wonderful contributions and service our residents have to give throughout our community at large. John Clark is one such shining example of an individual showcasing the spirit of serving, and volunteerism. This is not only to his fellow residents in our retirement community, but to our staff, and in our intergenerational work with King’s Schools. Five years ago when he moved into Cristwood Retirement Community in Shoreline, he brought his passion, skills, and generous heart with him. Having been nominated and awarded the “Senior Star Award” from LeadingAge Washington this year, we are truly honored to have John as a part of our CRISTA community. Additionally, John’s connections with CRISTA go far beyond his time here as a resident: his wife Jeannette’s parents came to work here at CRISTA in 1959 while it was still called King’s Garden. In 1962, both John and his wife Jeannette came to work as teachers at King’s Schools. As a former teacher and coach, it is no wonder that John has a passion for future generations. He volunteers many hours at King’s Schools as a “test reader,” and test proxy. This year, he offered to assist the drama department in building props for the school play. Additionally, he can be seen running the 30-second clock at every King’s girls’ and boys’ basketball home games. His desire to invest in future generations is unmistakable as he continues to participate in events that connect junior high boys with gentlemen from our senior community. These relationships provide mentorship, fellowship, and partnerships between men across generations. Last but not least, John steps into the big red suit every December and plays Santa Claus to the elementary school students, providing a sense of wonder as he hands out candy canes! Last July, John lost his wife of 55 years. Rather than focusing inward and withdrawing, as some seniors can tend to do, John has used his energy and compassion to reach out to others in our community here. He currently leads a weekly bible study within our community of residents. He also assists residents with everyday items such as, changing light bulbs and batteries, reaching things in high places, taking residents to appointments, cooking meals for neighbors, and computer assistance. The presence that he has within our community is so approachable and genuine, that everyone who comes into contact with John is immediately in a better mood. He reaches out to nurture, and care for others in a very special and loving way. In his own words, John has said: “By Helping Others, I Help Myself.”


The spirit of service is alive and well here at CRISTA Senior Living, thanks to residents like John Clark. He has also become the neighborhood chef, preparing meals for others, hosting dinner parties for neighbors, and takes meals to those who aren’t feeling well. He is an outstanding community member. Over the years, John’s leadership has brought generation’s together, provided assistance to seniors in our community, and touched many lives through his servant’s heart. He simply exemplifies the Spirit of CRISTA Senior Living. Billie Pendleton is the Executive Director for Residential Living & CRISTA Senior Living Compliance Officer at Cristwood Retirement Community. If you would like more information on joining our community or to visit, please contact us on the web at or call 206-546-7565.

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A Roommate for Life by Nancy Werner Our father had lived at a large and beautiful retirement home for six months. He was losing his memory quickly and really didn’t belong in a large building, with long hallways, robust social activities, and especially the dining room, which offered no assistance. He struggled daily, even hourly, to cover up his dementia, and most of the time he ate alone. My dad was the most gregarious person in the world. He always loved baseball, and a good cold beer at mealtime. Now, he had no beer, no friends, and no one to whom he made sense. He spent most of his time wondering where he was, alone in his studio apartment. He was living at the most glamorous place in town, and had absolutely no quality of life. The inevitable time finally came to move him into a community where they offered secure memory care. We were going to have to move him quickly, and availability was limited. Of course, I wanted the best for him: a beautiful private room, walking paths, lots of windows...his own furniture. The director showed us in to the only available room, a large studio with two beds and two chairs in it. One of these chairs happened to be occupied by another gentleman.

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“There is no way my father is going to have a shared room,” I said. “My father hasn’t had a roommate since the army!” The Admissions Director looked at me, and very gently, after a long pause she said, “You know, your father has never lived alone. He lived in his mother’s house...then married your mom, and lived with her for 55 years. Even during the war, he was never alone. No wonder he is frightened, and not doing well. He is probably lonely, and looking for an old friend. I believe a shared suite would be perfect for him.” I was not going for it. My father had lived in the lap of luxury forever...a large home on a golf course in Florida. I was feeling so guilty, and so sad. His whole grand life was coming down to this...a roommate in an old folk’s home. There were only two choices In front of us: either that shared room or my living room the choice was evident. “It will do for now” I said, “until a private suite opens up.” My husband and I took him there the next day. I kept thinking...what would I tell him? How will I explain the other man? What if they hate each other? What if, what if, what if? Daddy walked into the building, smiled at everyone, shook hands, laughed at a few of his own bad jokes, and found the path to 103A. We had gone the day before and set up his part of the room nicely, with all his own things. We urged him in, and there was Leonard...the roommate. I held my breath. “What are you doing here?” Daddy asked him. The rest, as they say, is history. He got the best care, and twice as much of it. Every time the staff went to help Leonard they checked in on Dad. Whenever activities began, Leonard urged my dad to go with him. They talked about the war, complained about their aches and pains, and accused each other of everything from stealing to smoking. They always made sure the other had a sweater, and neither was ever late for a meal again. It was perfect, and Leonard was the best and the last friend my father ever remembered having. So, what I learned from that very special woman is that there is little to be gained from living in a room by yourself at 85. Companionship is vital to our spirit. We were not put on this earth to be alone. The Admissions Director knew that well before I did. She gave my father the greatest gift, and one we all hope for: quality of life until the end. To set up a tour please contact Skagit Valley Senior Village at 360-755-5550 for a continuum of care; Retirement, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. 8

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Celebrate the ART of Life Every Day Every person has a story The stories created throughout our lives are made richer by the people in our lives and where we choose to live. Skagit Valley Senior Village is proud of the newest edition to our living options – The Memory Village. We now offer a range of living choices all on one campus • Independent Living cottages and apartments • Assisted Living apartments • Memory Care apartments Let us show you how we Celebrate the ART of Life every day. Come for a personalized tour and take advantage of our move-in special


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No Bullying Zone by Mary Blakey Working at a senior community, I occasionally run into situations and family dynamics that I don’t quite understand. For the most part, the families I meet are supportive of their parent’s decision to move to a senior community. Most are willing to help with the down-sizing, organizing, and moving. Sometimes, families go a little overboard and are so determined to help, that they take control of the move until the senior feels that they don’t have any control over their own situation. Frustration sets in on both sides and I find myself a mediator, trying to walk the fine line of supporting a new resident and coordinating with the family. Then there are the families who have decided that, for whatever reason, they want no part of the move and leave everything up to the senior, either because of time restraints, distance or indifference. In those cases, I become a surrogate daughter, reaffirming their decision to move, advising as to what community life is like, assisting with coordination of the move and offering resources for down-sizing, organizing and moving. However, the most frustrating family dynamic I have seen are the family members who bully their relative into NOT moving into a community. Their reasons are varied and puzzling and sometimes downright disturbing. Either they don’t want the work or “hassle” of helping with a move, or it feels they don’t want mom or dad to have this expense. It is the most frustrating and aggravating situation I have experienced working at a community. It breaks my heart to see a family member tell their mom that she can’t move to a community, when clearly she wants to make the move and desires to make life better for herself at a community. Just recently, I made a follow-up call to a very nice lady I’ll call “June,” who contacted us for some information. She was very enthusiastic about the community, having heard great things about it from friends. However, she wanted to wait until her daughter returned from vacation to schedule her tour. She was excited about moving and even wanted to leave a waitlist deposit over the phone, but thought she should wait until her daughter came to see the community, before she “took the plunge.” When I hadn’t heard from her after I knew her daughter had come home, I called her. I could immediately tell by the sound of her voice that something had changed. All she would say was, “I was told I can’t move.” When I asked her why, she heaved a heavy sigh and said that her “daughter didn’t think it was a good idea,” and that “moving to a community would use up all of her money.” On the other hand, I have also seen children drag their parents in to tour when they obviously don’t want to be here, and are not ready, mentally or emotionally to tour, let alone move. The adult children thought they 10

would just take their parent to a community and, like magic, they would think it’s a wonderful idea and start packing. The children are most likely feeling guilty and put-upon, so they think moving their relative to a community where they can be looked after will solve everything. That way they can continue living as usual, knowing that if anything were to happen, their relative would be in a community...looked after. They can rest assured that if something were to happen, someone else will be the first responder, not them. Sort of reminds me of boarding a dog. They don’t have a choice and they are out of the way while the family goes on vacation or just lives their day-to-day lives. So, in my opinion, bullying doesn’t only happen in schools these days. It can happen anywhere…the gas station, the supermarket, and yes, even in a retirement community where an adult child feels they know what is best for their parents, without respecting their wishes or even discussing it with them; either forcing them to move in or bullying them to stay out. I know there are cases where it is obvious that the senior needs to be in a retirement community and they just won’t accept it. Those are the exceptions and eventually they may come around, whether it’s to our community, or if they wait long enough, to a skilled nursing facility or worse. But please remember, when a senior relative decides to move to a community, there is a reason. Whether it is loneliness, fear or they could simply just be tired of cooking and cleaning, a family needs to support that decision, help with the logistics and respect the choice. To me, that is an important part of what family is all about.

For more information, please call Mary Blakey at Foundation House at Bothell 425-402-9606.

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the usual. What about how they got into this line of work? Did they volunteer? Take care of a parent or grandparent? What kind of training does the community provide or require? If it’s the basic state concerned. That usually is the minimum and they might do less if they could get away with it....Do they want their staff to have compassion training? Re-center training? Do they help them get it? Its in the way we carry ourselves, the way we treat people, and what’s in our hearts that make us suitable for this line of work, this labor of love.

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Living Under One Roof Through Life’s Many Stages

A Tribute to Chateau Couple David and Lucy Flora by Adam Conley

Seven years ago David and Lucy Flora moved in to Chateau Retirement as independent residents. They found their ideal apartment, and soon became involved in the Chateau community. During that first year, Lucy began to show signs of memory loss. Fortunately, Chateau had just opened a specialized dementia care wing on the first floor of the building. David brought his wife to the new memory care unit for a few hours a week, both to empower Lucy to engage in meaningful and appropriate activities, and also to offer David some respite as Lucy’s primary caregiver. Eventually, the family realized that Lucy’s needs would best be served by moving her into the unit as a full time memory care resident. Every morning and afternoon, David lovingly checked in on his wife. His apartment was directly above Lucy’s, so visiting was extremely convenient. Often, he would also take her to the main Chateau dining room to share meals together. They also continued to enjoy favorite Chateau events, excursions, and activities. As time went by, David began suffering from health issues of his own, and required assisted living services. With Chateau’s flexible assisted living, he was able to receive care and support in the comfort of his familiar apartment.


“It was absolutely important for us as a family, that Mom and Dad live together under one roof,” says Bill Flora, one of David and Lucy’s sons. “That way, not only was Dad able to check in on and spend time with mom as her care needs increased, but it was also convenient for us as a family to visit our parents in the same place.” Although David Flora has since passed, his wife Lucy continues as a cherished and beloved member of Chateau’s memory care family. Both Bill Flora and his brother Tom are grateful for the care their father received, and their mother continues to receive.

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My Journey of Self-Discovery by David Ensor

In today’s fast paced world of options and information, it can be very difficult for families to discern the differences between the vast array of options for the dayto-day choices we make. I remember a time not that long ago when your morning beverage choice was regular or decaf. Now, we have lattes, frappes, mochas, venti non-fat extra hot 4 pump soy caramel macchiatos, and the list goes on; and that’s just coffee. It becomes even more difficult the bigger the decision. I personally experienced this several years ago when my grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dementia. He reached the stage where it was no longer a viable option for him to live in his home. Like many families, we started to research and discuss our options. At the time, I was working as a Senior Manager at an IT hardware manufacturer in Dallas Ft Worth, Texas. I spent a lot of time traveling, which made things even more difficult when it came to balancing my work schedule and helping my family with this tough decision. Like many families, we had no idea what was out there. We didn’t know the difference between Independent Living, Assisted Living, Continuing Care, Dementia Care, Adult Family Homes, or the vast array of in home care options. We did the best we could to sift through the mountain of information and reached out to a couple of advisors for assistance. Nothing really helped that much. We finally decided upon the nicest and most affordable place we could find in the area. We then spent the next several months visiting my grandfather, watching his condition worsen until he passed away. Looking back now, this was a major turning point in my life. My experience with my family, and my personal relationship with my grandfather during this stage of his life made me start to question a lot of things. It forced me to look at my life work balance, compared to the way we as a society deal with our aging family members and healthcare in general.


Over the next few years I kept coming back to this point. I thought, there has to be a better way, and I made a major life decision for myself at that point. I couldn’t help but think, that I wanted to do something about this and I wanted to help. I started to look into the senior care industry, and learn more about the different options and companies in the industry. It took a few years, but I finally took the leap. After working most of my career in the IT industry, I took a position with Holiday Retirement and began my journey into the Senior Living industry. I have been with Holiday 2 years now and they have been the most challenging and rewarding 2 years in my career. In the past 2 years, I have helped hundreds of families through the exact situation my family went through years ago. I have been able to help them make a much more informed decision. Not all of those families moved in to Holiday communities, but all of them received the respect, and assistance they deserved. I can sympathize with what it is like to have these very difficult decisions to make. I have made it my goal to make sure that every family I meet has a little less guilt and pain to overcome, than my family did. It hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine; there have been very tough times. I have seen families buckle under the pressure, and have seen couples put off decisions only to have their loved one pass away weeks later. Although there have been some very difficult times I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I know I am making a difference, and more importantly, I know my Grandfather is proud.

David Ensor is the Regional Sales Leader at Holiday Retirement. For more information please contact us at 253-279-9289, or visit our website at www.

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Seniors and Chronic Pain by Geoffrey Godfrey FNP, MSN The consequences of poorly controlled pain in older patients included many of the following: • Pain has a tendency to reduce mobility. As a senior patient becomes more and more immobile, a downward cascade often ensues – lack of functionality leads to depression. • Decreased socialization and sleep disturbances, for which research shows impaired immunity. • Poor pain control often can be a factor in masking restlessness, or even agitation that is difficult to explain. • A tendency for practitioners to prescribe more medications, seeking to alleviate many of the combined symptoms found with poorly controlled pain. This often leads to polypharmacy, which in current research (Edwards, I, Salib E: Analgesics in the elderly, Aging Men’s Health 6 (1): 88-92, 2002) shows an increase in confusion and falls. Pain is a truly subjective phenomenon; assessing pain correctly requires detailed communication between the sufferer, and a healthcare practitioner. Of interesting note, older patients are more likely to underreport pain than their younger cohorts. This is why, for many, a detailed pain diary is required in order to further determine best courses to take to help alleviate pain.

You may have heard that aches and pains are a normal function of growing older. That statement tends to leave most seniors frustrated, and at odds with a life well lived. Henny Youngman once said, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would’ve taken better care of myself.” Chronic pain is an absolute detriment to a full life. It tends to take precedent over emotional well being, and perceived physical well being. Many people in constant pain find that they define themselves around periods of severe pain, to periods of pain relief. Many adults in chronic pain spend exorbitant amounts of money, and time, chasing that relief. In the recent report by Johns Hopkins, researchers in The Journal of Pain estimated the total cost of pain in the U.S. at $635 billion. The total healthcare costs of pain ranged from $261-300 billion. Not surprisingly, chronic-pain patients tend to spend between $5,000 and $6,000 more than non-pain patients. Geoffrey Godfrey FNP, MSN provides care at the Center for Pain Relief & Supportive Care at Island Hospital. For information call (360) 299-4929 or visit Physician referral is required. 20

Some key points to remember: • Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the US population. Therefore, an ever-increasing number of patients who have chronic pain will be older. • Specific pain syndromes may be more likely to occur as we age, including: arthritis, hyperalgesia due to long-term opiate (pain medications such as oxycontin) use, shingles, increased back pain from previous injuries, as well as a number of other painful conditions. As seniors tend to utilize more medications (polypharmacy), it is important to be knowledgeable about possible side effects. It is important to discuss all of your medications with your healthcare team. So, what can you do on your own to help alleviate pain? • Quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes has been shown to exacerbate pain. • Don’t push yourself when your legs hurt, use a cane, walker, or scooter if available. • Stay within your physical capabilities; don’t be afraid to ask for help lifting or other chores. • Eat better; follow an anti-inflammatory diet (visit Center for Pain Relief & Supportive Care section at for a list of these foods). • Alternate heat and ice to alleviate pain, until you can get in to see your provider.

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Winter Safety Guide for Seniors by Leslie Neely Winter weather may provide beautiful scenery and cozy sweaters, but it also provides a unique set of safety hazards. Senior citizens in particular are at risk. Winter conditions cause seniors to be more vulnerable to falls, hypothermia, sickness, and injuries. So, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and take some basic precautions. Ten Winter Safety Tips 1. Falls are concerning for seniors – an older adult is seen in the emergency room every 15 seconds, as the result of a fall-related injury. So, make sure to wear shoes with non-skid soles at all times, stay on sidewalks, and always use available railings. 2. If you use a walker or a cane, take the time to replace the rubber tip with a new one in order to keep it from slipping up from under you. Also, it is possible to buy an attachment very like an ice pick for the bottom of your cane, to use when it is necessary to travel in truly slick conditions. 3. Always keep a cell phone on you when you leave the house, even if you are just checking the mail. If you fall, you will be able to call for help. 4. Take time for some basic winter check-ups for your car. Take it to the shop to check air-pressure of tires, anti-freeze levels, belts and hoses, and ask about switching to a thinner grade of engine oil for better performance in the cold. 5. Put an emergency kit in your car. Make sure to include a blanket, gloves, hat, snow shovel, water, flashlight, and first aid kit. Senior citizens cannot regulate body temperature as well, and do not produce as much heat. Therefore, they are at a much higher risk for hypothermia, even in mild weather. 6. Home fires are most common in the winter months, due to the use of home heating devices. Adults who are 65 and older are three times more likely to be injured in a fire than any other age group. Change the batteries in all of your smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have a space heater, always make sure it is at least three feet away from anything that is potentially flammable. Be sure to unplug it when you are not using it. When buying a new space heater, look for one that automatically shuts off. 7. Get your Flu Shot! Flu season is heading into full swing, and older adults are one of the most susceptible groups. 8. Try to arrange ahead of time for a friend or relative to shovel your driveway, and walkway every time it is necessary. If you plan on shoveling yourself, keep your shovel and salt inside of the house. That way, you can start immediately, and do not have to walk over any slippery turf. Dress warmly in layers, and take breaks inside regularly. 9. Socialize! When driving and traveling conditions deteriorate, it can be easy to isolate yourself, which can lead to depression. Remember to call your family members and friends, plan outings, and consider attending a senior fitness class or social event for seniors. 10. In order to completely avoid the snow shoveling, driving in bad weather, meal preparing, and the stress of the winter season – come discover The Bridge at Mount Vernon. We proudly take care of any details with maintenance and driving, while you are free to go about living your life with peace of mind. At The Bridge, there are numerous social events, activities, even fitness classes inside the community to keep you busy all winter. For more information please contact Shannon Nicholson at 360-416-0400 or 22

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It’s good to know someone is always there for your loved one. The Bridge at Mount Vernon offers a full range of Assisted Living services including customized care plans, assistance with personal needs and fresh, home-cooked meals. With an all-inclusive fee, you will have peace of mind knowing your loved one’s needs will always be met. Call (360) 416-0400 to schedule your personal visit.

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Avoid the Flood of Health Care Scams by Teresa Ambord Confusion is common when laws change. This may be even more true with health care reform, since nobody – including those in Congress who created the law – seems to understand it. One thing is certain, scam artists are out there taking advantage of the lack of knowledge and stealing from trusting victims across the country. “There’s been a rapid increase in scams, exploiting the confusion over health care reform,” confirmed Jim Quiggle, the spokesman for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. “People are uncertain what it means to them and swindlers are going wild on the telephone, calling seniors and others with scams that are aimed at stealing their identities.” Medicare open enrollment is coming up soon, and this means thieves are even more active than usual. Some scam artists will try to tell you the Supreme Court overturned Obamacare, or that Congress repealed it. However, neither one of these claims are true. There has been a delay that pushes some of the Obamacare demands back a year, to 2015, but otherwise, the law still stands. Thieves are counting on us to be confused, and therefore to be putty in their hands. To avoid their lies, you need to know what the scams are. Here are some of the most common. A caller may say, “We are calling about your need for Obamacare coverage. If you don’t have it, you could go to jail.” Sound pretty bold? Thieves do tend to be bold. Quiggle says to be wary of anyone who tries to sell you a policy related to Obamacare (by the way, the real name is the Affordable Care Act). Quiggle says it is not true that people will be jailed for not having coverage. However, U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have coverage, which qualifies according to the law or face an income tax penalty. This raises a question about people in the country who are not citizens or legal residents. How will Obamacare figure into their lives? This seems to be one of those questions nobody can answer with certainty. Greg Abbot, who is the Texas Attorney General, warns senior citizens to be alert to people posing as Medicare officials. The motive, he said, is to steal your identity. In a consumer alert, his office said: “Identity thieves are calling Texas seniors at home, and claiming to be affiliated with the federal Medicare program. The callers falsely tell seniors that the Medicare program’s current identification cards – which are well known Whom Can You Trust? The Food and Drug Administration provides online shoppers with clues to look for, to know whether you can trust a website or not. Signs of a trustworthy website: • It’s located in the United States. • It’s licensed by the state board of pharmacy, where the website is operating. A list of these boards is available at the website of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. • It has a licensed pharmacist available to answer your questions. • It requires a prescription for prescription medicines from your doctor, or another health care professional who is licensed to prescribe medicines. • It provides contact information, and allows you to talk to a person if you have problems or questions. 24

for the red, white, and blue stripes across the top – are being phased out, and that replacement Medicare cards must be obtained in order to continue receiving benefits. Thieves then say, the only way to get your replacement card is to confirm your Medicare number and your bank account number over the phone. Of course, your Social Security number is printed on your Medicare card, so this is the prize they are after. Be aware, scammers will call and make polite conversation, asking questions designed to make them sound interested in your life. “What senior center do you go to?” They might even offer a story or two about their own grandparents. They could come up with something they claim to have in common with you, to further cement the “bond” they are creating, and win your trust. For example, “Your name is Lucinda? That was my grandma’s name!” Once they feel they have your trust, they go in for the kill and request your personal information, said Quiggle. No one is really immune from getting these calls. A prime target may be a lonely senior who wants to chat, and is flattered by the attention. They go after people in all walks of life, levels of income, and education. Keep in mind, major federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, Medicare, and Medicaid, do not call you or e-mail you to ask for your personal information. If they need to talk to you, you will likely get a letter through snail mail. Therefore, if you get such a call, hang up...loudly. If the caller asks you to push a button on the phone, such as “press 1 to talk to an operator,” don’t do it. Pressing certain buttons may be part of the scam, and you may be giving your consent to charge, or opening your phone line to long distance charges. Don’t fall for the sweet voice on the other end of the line which reminds you of your granddaughter. If you get an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal agency, don’t click on any links, just delete the message. Medical Condition Scam Another type of health care scam relates to specific conditions. They may target people likely to have cancer, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and more. With prescription drugs costing so much, they may make you a free offer in exchange for your Medicare ID#. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers about the dangers of buying medicines online. Number one, you don’t know what you are getting. Some drugs are dangerous and not thoroughly tested, may have the wrong active ingredients, (too much or too little) yet websites will offer to sell them. Example: The FDA bought several products online to analyze and test them, such as Tamiflu. One of the orders arrived in an envelope, which was mailed from India. It contained unlabeled white tablets. When the tablets were analyzed, they contained talc and acetaminophen, but none of the active ingredient of Tamiflu. Other drugs, which the FDA says are being ordered online are: Ambien, Zanax, Lexapro and Attivan. For information about the Warm Beach Senior Community, contact Alisa Sands, Sheila Bartlett or Shelley Camacho at 360-652-4593 or

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A LIFE WORTH LIVING AT WARM BEACH SENIOR COMMUNITY People notice it right away – the friendliness, the welcoming smiles, the immediate feeling of being a part of something special. That’s why so many who are 62+ years of age are eager to join our community. This is your chance to experience the fulfilling lifestyle and peace of mind provided by the area’s only full service retirement community. At Warm Beach, you’ll experience: • Newly renovated apartments and homes • Restaurant dining with 25+ items from our made to order menu • Convenient transportation service • Indoor pool, exercise area and 22 miles of walking trails around campus • Social, recreational and spiritual activities • On-site assisted living and nursing care, if needed during lifetime New friendships, spiritual vitality, a fulfilling retirement lifestyle, plus the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest...these are just a few of the things you will experience at Warm Beach Senior Community. But don’t wait, these homes and apartments won’t last long.

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Is it about Real Estate or the Lifestyle? by Jane Meyers-Bowen

In today’s senior world, there are so many options that just weren’t available 30 years ago. The list used to only consist of two options: move in with your kids or go to a nursing home. Today, the list has grown to include: Senior apartments, retirement communities, assisted living communities, and adult family homes. The high level of difference between all of these new players depends on the services that are included, or not provided. The granular difference comes down to the culture of each one. Most seniors and their families really don’t know much about senior living and care. It is not until they are faced with a change of physical or mental condition themselves, or their family member, that they begin the research process. It’s a whole new world of language, laws, finances, and players. Unfortunately, many face this world in the midst of a crisis, which usually isn’t the best time to learn new things. When under the gun to make decisions, the pressure can feel overwhelming. A rushed decision is never a good decision. Today, seniors are living much longer. A Retirement or Assisted Living community’s focus is on wellness and independence. This is leading seniors to live healthier lives, which in turn is improving their quality of life. Living well is accomplished with quality food, exercise, and stimulation both mentally and socially. Today, less than 5% of seniors actually end up living in a nursing home! John W. Rowe and Robert L. Kahn, authors of “Successful Aging:” MacArthur Foundation Study, reported this. Many myths about seniors have been dispelled today. For example, most seniors fear that if they move into a retirement community they will lose their independence or their health will go downhill. Most of our residents report the reverse. Seniors are able to come and go as they please, they can pretty much eat when they want, go to bed and get up as they want, have visitors whenever they want, and even have their pet. Recently, a senior gentleman was strongly encouraged by his wife to come and visit the community. She was ready to “retire” from cooking, cleaning, and yard work. After the tour, he found himself enlightened about today’s retirement community, not being a nursing home. With a twinkle in his eye and reassured that his independence would remain intact, he said, “But will you make me sing?” I answered back, “We don’t make people sing, but in your case we will!” Every community has its own culture: some formal, others friendly, ones that feel like an exclusive club, some more like a neighborhood, and others feel more like a family. No matter the culture though, we all value our privacy but still want to feel like we belong. Many times the size of the community affects the culture. If it is too large of a place for example, 250 residents, people do not always get to know each other by name. My 26

mother-in-law lived five years in a large community, and when she passed away many knew her by her face but never knew her name. The catch however, is that a community has to be large enough to have a robust activity program. When people go shopping for a retirement community it is easy to choose a community based on the physical space, and interior design. It is always a great draw for a prospective resident to walk into a beautifully designed, clean, and well kept up residence. However, we have also found that most people don’t want to be confined to this beautiful, enclosed box. They want their outdoor space to lend itself beyond just landscaping, and provide opportunities to interact with the gardens or green space. Most people come to Garden Court from their homes, and are still independent with their personal care. They want to be proud of their home and still entertain. Yet, I remind them that they are planning for the next chapter of their lives. So it is important to look deeper into the future, to ensure that safety and care quality is as much a priority as having a beautiful space. A good time to tour is during a mealtime; is there a buzz – talking and laughing in the dining room? Do residents approach you and welcome you, or just stare at you? Also, look to see if residents congregate in common areas when it’s not mealtime, or are they empty? How does the staff respond to the residents? Does the staff know the residents by name? How does the staff respond to each other? Check out how many activities happen (vs. are just on the schedule) per day? Do people participate? Are there opportunities for resident input, or resident volunteering? Brand new communities often don’t have many activities. Mature activity programs are designed, and tested with resident feedback. Also, it is important to check out if the activities scheduled serve a broad range of residents. Are there men only events? Are there exercise programs, as well as a series of lectures of interest to seniors? Are there arts and crafts, and woodworking? Are there discussion groups? Are there programs that take you out on excursions, as well as ones for those that are more comfortable staying in the community? At the end of the day, the real estate part of the equation should not be the basis for making a final decision. One has to be comfortable with all aspects and every detail of their potential new residence. So, that they may ensure their sense of well-being and happiness.

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Home is where the heart is... What’s important in life are the things we share. We make a difference because we share comfort, past experiences and new adventures. We share laughter and face challenges together. We are more than partners. We are a larger family, living together to provide the love and support to make a better life for the one you love. The Stratford at Maple Leaf offers the continuum of care – Independent, Assisted Living, and Memory Care all under one roof. Call today for a complimentary lunch and tour – 206.729.1200

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Makiko Doi, Master Calligrapher by Jared Curtis Thunderbolt: Holding its head high above the clouds, Looking down on all the mountains around, Listening to the rumbling of the thunder below, Mount Fuji reigns supreme.

Makiko explained that the epic, especially its opening verse, carries great meaning for her because of her experiences in The signature piece of a recent Seattle exhibition Japan up to the age of of Japanese calligraphy was a transcription of a twenty, and since then well-known poem, “Thunderbolt,” the text of which in the United States. is quoted above. The scroll is a stunning piece of Makiko preceded artistic writing, (see the illustration) in which master her twin sister, calligrapher, Yoshiyasu Fujii, beautifully inscribes the Chizuko, at birth but characters for the words. Within the vertical formality was regarded as the of the text, the artist dramatically stretches the limits younger by her family. of this highly controlled discipline. He does so by In accordance with enlarging the first character, that for “thunderbolt,” Japanese custom, and snapping his brush on the paper to create the as the youngest of powerful burst of ink to represent the sound and seven siblings, she force of the storm. The work consists of the simplest was taught to defer of elements, black ink on white paper. Yet it is a to all of her elders, microcosm of all poetry, in that it epitomizes the including her twin. practice of freedom within boundaries, tradition in She and her sister league with imagination. attended school, where Chizuko was There is a Mirabella connection to this fine exhibition, given lessons in Mirabella resident, practicing artist and retired architect takes a which ran from September 27 to 29 in the Olympic calligraphy and its close look at a scroll by Koichi Tsukamoto “To praise others’ virtue” Room at Seattle Center. Makiko Doi, a Mirabella long history in China resident, has been studying and practicing calligraphy for twenty years and Japan, while Makiko was taught painting. This decision was made by under the instruction of master calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii. Among her elders to put them on different paths, so they would not be competing the several hundred works on display were three of Makiko’s own. An against one another. especially beautiful one is based on a haiku by Kobayashi Issa, “In the end, hydrangeas, all in one color,” and features the graceful images of three But in 1941, when war began, all was changed. Family members were pale blue hydrangea blossoms. separated from one another as brothers were called up for military duty, and instruction in schools ceased for the duration of the war. To Another of Makiko’s pieces with strong personal significance is her compensate for this loss, her father hired an English teacher who, though transcription of the opening verse of the great Japanese epic poem, Tale banned from teaching English in Japan, taught math and other subjects of the Heike. The poem, in twelve parts, tells the story of the twelfth- to Makiko and her siblings. His teaching and his mentorship after the century struggle between two warring clans for control of Japan. The first war prepared her for entrance exams at the private Notre Dame Seishin verse announces two central themes that have their origin in Buddhist Women’s College (now Notre Dame Seishin University) in Okayama, run by thought: the law of impermanence and the inevitability that the mighty the American Sisters of Notre Dame. Here, the occupation forces regularly will fall. supplied nourishing food, a significant advantage to families in a starving and war-impoverished country. In her three years at the college she The sound of the Gion Shoja bells echoes the impermanence of learned to read and speak English, and studied English culture and western all things; the color of the sala flowers reveals the truth that the ideas. Years later, Makiko realized the extent to which these self-defining prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, they are like events led to the loss of an education in her own Japanese culture, its a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust history, and its language. before the wind. Chapter 1.1, Helen Craig McCullough, trans.


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Upon graduating from Seishin Women’s College, with her bilingual skills and a wish to emulate her admired English teachers, she earned a scholarship to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Here she began her undergraduate studies in the United States. On one occasion, she was asked by an American classmate and friend what she regarded as the worst sin she could commit. After some thought she replied, “Failing to obey my family.” Her friend, when asked to answer the same question, replied without pause, “Not fully making use of my own faculties.” Makiko thinks of this moment as an important epiphany: she recalls thinking to herself, “I have really come to a very different world.” In her family, in her native country, no young girl would conceive of acting independently from her family.

balanced ecology of the identified sites in state forests. She ultimately recommended that the project be abandoned. On another occasion Makiko helped the Anderson Hay Company of the Kittitas Valley arrange hay exports to Japanese agricultural suppliers, an enterprise that has since become a multimillion-dollar industry for central Washington farmers.

Through her bicultural and bilingual abilities, Makiko made a great many contributions to public service. Most notable among these, and perhaps the most permanent and visible, is the establishment of the Japanese Garden on the campus She completed her degree in English of Central Washington University. literature at the University of the Pacific, As liaison between the University where she met her future husband, Richard and the Osaka Exhibition Doi. After they married, Makiko earned her Foundation of Japan, she played Makiko interprets a scroll for Mirabella resident, Mary Rogers Master of Library Science degree at the an important part in the creation University of Washington. Subsequently, of this green oasis in the midst of she worked as a cataloger in the Hoover Institution of War, Peace, near desert-like surroundings in the Ellensburg area. To mark her service and Revolution at Stanford, in the Asian Language Library at Columbia to the community she received a Distinguished Professor Award from the University (where her husband studied for his doctorate in fine arts), University in 1991. and in the library of Southern Oregon University. In 1965 they moved to Ellensburg, Washington, where Dr. Doi taught art at Central Washington After her retirement, her “second career,” as she calls it, brought her back University (CWU). to her beginnings. This being her desire as a young child to absorb the rich and complex history of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, and the cultural With a young family to care for – a boy of nine months and a six-year- treasures it inscribes. And mention of her long-held desire brings us back old girl – Makiko did not return to library work until 1974, when she to the beginning of this story. She met master calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii joined CWU’s James E. Brooks Library. She began as a serials librarian, in Ellensburg when he came to present a calligraphy demonstration on quickly rising to the rank of professor of library science before retiring campus. On moving to Seattle in 1993, Makiko began studies with him, in 1993. She was often called upon during her tenure at CWU to act as an continuing since then as student and practitioner. Over the last several interpreter for visiting scholars and scientists from Japan. She recalls the years her work has been accepted for exhibition at competitions and occasion when she was asked to assist a Japanese mycologist, Professor galleries in Japan. The winner of many awards for her work, she has Hiroyuki Ohara from Kyoto. Governor Dixie Ray invited Professor Ohara to reached the standing of master calligrapher, becoming the first Japanese determine the feasibility of growing and harvesting matsutake mushrooms person living outside of the country to be promoted to full professor by (pine mushrooms, so named for their natural habitat in Japan) for export the Genwa School of Calligraphy in Saitama, Japan. to Japan, where they are very expensive and in high demand. With an airplane and pilot provided by Governor Ray, Makiko and the scientist visited various forest regions thought suitable for this unusual crop. After For more information contact 206-254-1441, or careful inspection of these remote areas, Professor Ohara realized that a This article first appeared in the Mirabella Monthly, an all-resident produced viable mushroom-growing industry would seriously damage the delicately newsletter. 29 29 senior guidebook – bridging generations

Kevin’s Christmas Eve Nightmare by Patrick Shepard

Have you had a similar experience this holiday season? The holidays are the busiest time of the year for Dementia Communities, as this is the time when families come home and notice a decline in their loved one’s health. There are currently over 36 million people in the word living with Dementia. The total number of new cases of dementia each year, worldwide, is nearly 7.7 million. This implies that there is one new case found every four seconds. The number of people with dementia is expected to nearly double, every 20 years; to 65.7 million in 2030, and 115.4 million in 2050. You would not imagine how many families are not even aware that their loved one has Dementia. As you spent the holidays with your loved one this year, did you notice any of the following: It was Kevin’s first visit to see his mother in 16 months. He showed up on Christmas Eve expecting his usual Christmas Eve experience. For 38 years his mother has prepared the most perfect olive tray, hot totties, and turned on “A Christmas Story.” Kevin walked in to quite a shock that Christmas Eve; his sweet mother was nowhere to be found. He searched their family house, and found his mother in the backyard watering the lawn. Kevin works as a computer technician, and has no medical background. He asked his mom why she was watering the lawn on Christmas Eve, and was astonished to hear his mother say she didn’t remember it was Christmas Eve. Kevin took his mother, and went to their long time family neighbors to join them for their lovely Christmas Eve dinner. You can imagine Kevin’s astonishment when he realized that his mother had been living with Dementia for longer than he thought. Kevin later said, that his phone calls to his mother had been a little different the last 6 months, and he should have probably caught on sooner. Kevin admitted to “denial,” and he now leads a family support group for those with loved ones that have Dementia.

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Was it hard for them to perform their normal “routine”? Did all the people overwhelm them? Did they get easily agitated? Did simple tasks seem extra hard? Were they sad? Did they ask you questions you knew they had the answer too at a previous time? • Was their house more cluttered than normal? • Did they have things in funny places? Ex. Pans in the microwave? Napkins on the burner?

All of these are hints that your loved one may be experiencing early signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. A great way to figure this out is to attend their next physical appointment. If the symptoms are really bad, you may want to call the Physician yourself. There are many options to assist with care, in home care, dementia care communities, and more. The best way to start is to tour a community, and talk options. The more you know the better prepared you and your loved ones will be.

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Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Moving Into a Retirement Community by Sara L. Shelton Bill had been adamantly opposed to moving into a retirement community until his late eighties. He would say to his family, “I don’t want to live with a bunch of old people,” as if he was decades younger than the rest of those ‘old folks’ using walkers and wheelchairs. The epitome of healthy aging, he was sharp as a tack and had many interests, including: oil painting, reading, gardening, riding his bike, and swimming. However, many of his friends had passed away, and his family had relocated to various areas of Western Washington. He finally decided to move to a retirement community in Southwestern Washington, where his best friend from childhood already lived with his wife. Making that life-changing decision was just the beginning of a transition that can often impact one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. Nurturing these elements of well being, throughout the process of adapting to a new lifestyle, is instrumental in achieving a successful transition. Here are some ways in which to do so: Nurturing Your Physical Well-Being • Visit your physician for a check-up – The community you select will require current medical information to complete an assessment prior to move-in. Knowing your health status will allow you to set lifestyle goals once you move in, and get settled into a new routine. • Seek out and/or accept assistance with the process of downsizing, and packing to protect you from undue physical stress and injury. For your part, set a timer for specific periods of time so you’re sure to allow frequent breaks during sorting, tossing, and packing. • Maintain proper nutrition and hydration – You’ll probably be positively gleeful about turning over your kitchen duties, and experiencing the community’s restaurant-style dining. Until then, avoid frozen meals (which are often full of sodium) and keep a pitcher of fresh water handy! Nurturing Your Emotional Well-Being • Allow yourself to experience uncomfortable emotions such as fear, sadness, anxiety, and even grief, as you prepare to leave your comfort zone and embrace a new lifestyle. It can be very helpful to write in a journal to acknowledge these emotions, and track changes in how you’re feeling throughout the transition process. • Engage with others who have already gone through a similar transition. Most communities have ‘ambassador’ programs which pair up existing residents with new residents to facilitate introductions, and provide companionship in the dining room and activities during those first few days and weeks. • Hold tight to furry friends! Small pets are almost always accepted at retirement communities, and can be an integral part of maintaining emotional wellness. Pets can provide consistency and companionship during a transition, help usher in your new lifestyle if newly adopted, and create conversation with other residents.

Nurturing Your Spiritual Well-Being • Continue to maintain your spiritual practices that have carried you through other challenging transitions in your life. Most retirement communities are non-denominational, and encourage diverse activities that support spiritual well being. • In addition to attending religious services and prayer, the following activities are wonderful ways in which to engage spiritually: meditation, gratitude journaling, spending time in nature, yoga, tai chi, volunteering or being of service to others, and sharing your new experiences with loved ones. • One of the greatest benefits of living in a retirement community is the exposure, and availability of new activities that support your spiritual well-being. It’s important to seek those out, but to also be aware of your individual need for space and quiet reflection. When Bill moved to the retirement community he selected, he became the life of the party. He was fancied by many of the widowed women, and was a dedicated friend to just as many men. He was in charge of Wii bowling, made his ‘famous’ oatmeal cookies for every potluck, and drove friends who no longer had cars to medical appointments. He went on an Alaskan cruise via a seaplane ride to Seattle, and rode a snowmobile on a trip to Leavenworth at Christmas time a few years ago. He lived life at the retirement community to the absolute fullest, engaging with friends who came to love him dearly and admire the example he set for giving to others. Bill recently passed away, just one week shy of his 96th birthday, but his family took great solace in knowing that he had embraced a new and rich lifestyle. A life well lived, where he maximized his physical, emotional, and spiritual well being more than they ever could have anticipated for him. For more information contact Sara L. Shelton, M.S. Gerontology Seattle Aging Solutions, 800.631.1378, 206.228.2446 cell, or Quailpark of Lynnwood 425-640-8529 31 31 senior guidebook – bridging generations

caring faces


Chateau Pacific – Lynnwood Charlene Wisdom Brown Sales & Marketing Director Pam Rizzuto, Administrative Manager 425.787.9693

Rosewood Courte – Edmonds Debi Fetherolf, Director of Nursing 425.673.2875

Skagit Valley Senior Village – Burlington Jamie Gettemy Community Outreach Director 360.755.5550

Foundation House at Bothell Mary Blakey, Director of Marketing 425.205.2526

The Stratford – Seattle Bryant Cornelius, Director of Marketing 206.729.1200

The Bridge – Mount Vernon Leslie Neely, General Manager Shannon Nicholson, Sales Director 360.416.0400

senior guidebook – bridging generations

DIRECTORY snohomish county ARLINGTON Olympic Place Retirement & Assisted Living 20909 Olympic Place NE Arlington WA 98223 360-435-8440 EDMONDS Aegis of Edmonds Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Memory Care 21500 - 72nd Ave West Edmonds WA 98026 425-776-3600 Edmonds Landing Assisted Living 180 Second Ave South Edmonds WA 98020 425-744-1181 Rosewood Courte Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Memory Impaired Only 728 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-2875 Sunrise of Edmonds Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Care 750 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-9700 EVERETT Bethany at Silver Crest Assisted Living / Nursing Home Adjacent 2131 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-385-2335 Cascadian Place Retirement / Independent Living 3915 Colby Avenue North Everett WA 98201 425-339-2225 Clare Bridge Silver Lake Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2015 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-337-6336 Everett Plaza Assisted Living 2204 12th Street Everett WA 98201 425-374-0170 Garden Court Retirement Community Independent and Assisted Living 520 - 112th Street SW Everett WA 98204 425-438-9080

Silverado Senior Living Everett Dementia Care Community 524 - 75th Street SE Everett WA 98203 425-348-8800 South Pointe Independent, Assisted Living 10330 4th Avenue West Everett WA 98204 425-513-5645 Washington Oakes Retirement and Assisted Living 1717 Rockefeller Ave Everett WA 98201 425-339-3300 GRANITE FALLS The Village Independent Living 302 North Alder Avenue Granite Falls WA 98252 360-691-1777 LAKE STEVENS Ashley Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 11117 - 20th Street NE Lake Stevens WA 98258 425-397-7500 LYNNWOOD Aegis of Lynnwood Assisted Living 18700 44th Avenue West Lynnwood WA 98037 425-712-9999 Chateau Pacific Indepedent / Assisted Living / Memory Care 3333 - 148th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98087 425-787-9693 Clare Bridge Lynnwood Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 18706 - 36th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98037 425-774-3300 Fairwinds – Brighton Court Retirement/Assisted Living 6520 - 196th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-775-4440 Quail Park of Lynnwood Independent & Assisted Living / Memory Care 4015 164th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98037 206-441-1770

Scriber Gardens Independent & Assisted Living / Wellness Services 6024 200th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-673-7111

Warm Beach Senior Community Independent & Assisted Living/ Skilled Nursing 20420 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292 360-652-7585

MARYSVILLE Grandview Village Retirement / Assisted Living 5800 - 64th Street NE Marysville WA 98270 360-653-2223

SKILLED NURSING CARE Bethany at Pacific - Everett 425-259-5508

The Cottages at Marysville Memory Care Community 1216 Grove Street Marysville WA 98270 360-322-7561

Delta Rehab Center - Snohomish 360-568-2168

MILL CREEK Mill Creek Gardens Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s memory impaired only 13200 - 10th Dr SE Mill Creek WA 98012 425-379-8276

Lynnwood Manor Health Center Lynnwood 425-776-5512

The Cottages at Mill Creek Memory Care Community 13200 10th Drive SE Mill Creek WA 98012 425-341-4356 MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Mountlake Terrace Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent and Assisted Living 23303 - 58th Ave W Mountlake Terrace WA 98043 425-672-4673 MUKILTEO Harbour Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 10200 Harbour Place Mukilteo WA 98275 425-493-8555 STANWOOD Josephine Assisted Living / Nursing Home Adjacent 9901 - 272nd Place NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-2126 Stanwood Community & Senior Center Independent Living 7430 - 276th Street NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-7403

Bethany at Silver Lake - Everett 425-338-3000

Josephine Sunset Home - Stanwood 360-629-2126

Madeleine Villa Health Care Marysville 360-659-1259 HCR Manor Care - Lynnwood 425-775-9222 Marysville Care Center - Marysville 360-659-3926 Merry Haven Health Care Center Snohomish 360-568-3161 Regency Care Center at Arlington Arlington 360-403-8247 Regency Care Center of Monroe Monroe 360-794-4011

skagit county ANACORTES Cap Sante Court Retirement 1111 32nd Street Anacortes,WA 98221 360-293-8088

Chandler’s Square Retirement / Assisted Living 1300 “O” Avenue Anacortes WA 98221 360-293-1300 BURLINGTON Skagit Valley Senior Village Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 400 Gilkey Road Burlington WA 98233 360-755-5550 33 33 senior guidebook – bridging generations

LA CONNER La Conner Retirement Inn Independent, Assisted Living 204 North First Street La Conner WA 98257 360-466-5700

Life Care Center of Skagit Valley Skilled Nursing 1462 West SR 20 Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-6867

MOUNT VERNON The Bridge Assisted Living/Respite 301 S LaVenture Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-416-0400

whatcom county

Highland Greens Senior Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 3100 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-848-8422 Highland Greens Cottages Senior Residences Village Court @ 3200 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438 Salem Village II Senior Residences 2601-2617 N LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438 Salem Village Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 2619 N. LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-428-5662 Life Care Center of Mount Vernon Assisted Living / Skilled Nursing / Rehab / Alzheimer’s 2120 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-4258 Logan Creek Retirement / Independent Living 2311 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-428-0222 Mountain Glen Retirement / Assisted Living 1810 East Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-7900 SEDRO-WOOLLEY Birchview - A Memory Care Community Assisted Living / Enhanced Adult Residential Care 925 Dunlop Ave Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-1911 Country Meadow Village Retirement / Assisted Living 1501 Collins Rd Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-0404


bellingham Alderwood Park Licensed Skilled Nursing 2726 Alderwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-2322

Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Licensed Skilled Nursing / Specialized Care 1200 Birchwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-9295 Cordata Health Care & Rehab Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 4680 Cordata Parkway Bellingham WA 98226 360-398-1966 Highgate House Assisted Living / Specialized Care 151 & 155 East Kellogg Bellingham WA 98226 360-671-1459 Highland Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2400 Samish Way Bellingham WA 98226 360-734-4800 The Leopold Retirement & Assisted Living 1224 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-3500 Mt. Baker Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2905 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-4181 Parkway Chateau Retirement / Independent Living 2818 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-671-6060 Rosewood Villa Retirement/Assisted Living 702 32nd Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-676-9193 Shuksan Health Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 1530 James Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-9161

Silverado Senior Living Bellingham Dementia Care Community 848 W Orchard Dr Bellingham WA 98225 360-715-1338

bellevue Aegis of Bellevue Assisted Living / Memory Care 148 102nd Ave SE Bellevue WA 98004 425-453-8100

Spring Creek Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 223 E Bakerview Road Bellingham WA 98226 360-756-2301

The Bellettini Independent & Assisted Living / 62+ 1115 108th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-450-0800

St. Francis Extended Health Care Licensed Skilled Nursing 3121 Squalicum Pkwy Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-6760

The Garden Club Retirement / Independent Living 13350 SE 26th Street Bellevue WA 98005 425-643-7111

Summit Place at Mt. Baker Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-8447

The Gardens at Town Square Independent, Assisted Living, Dementia Care 933 111th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-688-1900

Island County

Sunrise of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15928 NE 8th Street Bellevue WA 98008 425-401-5152

freeland Maple Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living Community 1767 Alliance Avenue Freeland WA 98249 360-331-1303

Wynwood Bellevue Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 1640 148th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98007 425-373-1161

OAK HARBOR Harbor Tower Village Retirement / Assisted Living 100 E Whidbey Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-675-2569

bothell Aegis of Bothell Assisted Living / Memory Care 10605 NE 185th Street Bothell WA 98011 425-487-3245

Home Place Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 171 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-2555 Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224 Summer Hill Retirement and Assisted Living 165 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-679-1400

King County

auburn Auburn Meadows Assisted Living & Special Care 945 22nd Street NE Auburn WA 98002 253-333-0171

Chateau Bothell Landing Independent / Assisted Living / Memory Care 17543 102nd Ave. NE Bothell WA 98011 425-485-1155 Foundation House at Bothell Retirement / Independent Living 17502 102nd Ave NE Bothell WA 98011 425-402-9606 Life Care Center of Bothell Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing 707 228th Street SW Bothell WA 98021 425-481-8500

senior guidebook – bridging generations

North Creek Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 1907 201st Place SE Bothell WA 98012 425-483-8927

kenmore Spring Estates - Kenmore Assisted Living / Memory Care 7221 NE 182nd Street Kenmore WA 98028 425-481-4200

normandy park Fernwood at the Park Retirement / Independent Living 17623 First Avenue S Normandy Park WA 98148 206-242-1455

Riverside East Retirement / Assisted Living 10315 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-481-1976

kent Aegis of Kent Alzheimer’s / Memory Care 10421 SE 248th Street Kent WA 98030 253-479-1768

redmond Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-883-4000

Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living Community 10519 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-354-3914

Farrington Court Retirement / Assisted Living 516 Kenosia Avenue Kent WA 98030 253-852-2737

Fairwinds – Redmond Retirement / Assisted Living 9988 Avondale Rd NE Redmond WA 98052 425-558-4700

CRISTA Senior Living Independent / Assisted Living / Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitation / Memory Care 19303 Fremont Avenue North Shoreline WA 98133 1-877-639-3292

burien El Dorado West Retirement / Assisted Living 1010 SW 134th Street Burien WA 98146 206-248-1975

kirkland Aegis of Kirkland Assisted Living / Memory Care 13000 Totem Lake Boulevard Kirkland WA 98034 425-823-7272

Peters Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 14431 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052 425-869-2273

Faerland Terrace Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Care 1421 Minor Avenue Seattle WA 98101 206-624-7637

Covington Covington Place Independent Senior Apartments 26906 169th Place SE Covington WA 98042 253-398-2700

Aegis at Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841

The Marymoor Retirement & Assisted Living 4585 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-556-9398

Foundation House at Northgate Independent & Assisted Living 11301 3rd Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-361-2758

enumclaw High Point Village Retirement / Assisted Living 1777 High Point Street Enumclaw WA 98022 360-825-7780

Kirkland Lodge Assisted Living 6505 Lakeview Drive NE Kirkland WA 98033 425-803-6911

renton Chateau Valley Center Independent / Assisted / Memory 4450 Davis Avenue S Renton WA 98055 425-251-6677

Ida Culver House, Broadview Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s, Dementia Care 12505 Greenwood Avenue N Seattle WA 98133 206-361-1989

Evergreen Place Retirement / Independent Living 1414 Monroe Avenue NE Renton WA 98056 425-226-3312

Ida Culver House, Ravenna Independent & Assisted Living 2315 NE 65th Street Seattle WA 98115 206-523-7315

The Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living 1600 South Eagle Ridge Drive Renton WA 98055 425-793-8080

The Lakeshore Independent & Assisted Living 11448 Rainier Avenue S Seattle WA 98178 206-772-1200

Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S Renton WA 98057 425-243-2941

Mirabella Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing & Memory Care 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-254-1441

federal way Foundation House Independent Living / Personalized Assisted Living 32290 1st Avenue S Federal Way WA 98003 253-838-8823 issaquah Aegis of Issaquah Assisted Living / Memory Care / Hospice 780 NW Juniper Street Issaquah WA 98027 425-526-6037 Spiritwood at Pine Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 3607 228th Avenue SE Issaquah WA 98029 425-313-9100 University House - Issaquah Independent &Assisted Living 22975 SE Black Nugget Road Issaquah WA 98029 425-557-4200

Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210 Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-285-7743 mercer island Aljoya Mercer Island Continuing Care Retirement Community 2430 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-230-0150 Merrill Gardens at Island House Independent & Assisted Living 7810 SE 30th St Mercer Island WA 98040 206-204-5421 Sunrise of Mercer Island Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 2959 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-232-6565

seattle Aegis at Northgate Memory Care 11039 17th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-440-1700 Aljoya Thornton Place - N. Seattle Continuing Care Retirement Community 450 NE 100th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-306-7920

Ballard Landmark Retirement/Assisted Living 5433 Leary Ave NW Seattle WA 98107 206-782-4000 Bridge Park Retirement/Independent Living 3204 SW Morgan Street Seattle WA 98126 206-938-6394

Northgate Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent & Assisted Living 11030 5th Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-388-5061 Remington Place Retirement 3025 NE 137th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-367-0369 35 35 senior guidebook – bridging generations

the Stratford at Maple Leaf ­­Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 9001 Lake City Way NE Seattle WA 98115 206-729-1200 University House, Wallingford Independent & Assisted Living 4400 Stone Way N Seattle WA 98103 206-545-8400 shoreline Aegis of Shoreline & Callahan House Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 14900 & 15100 First Avenue NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-367-6700 and 206-417-9747 Anderson House Independent / Assisted Living / Nursing & 2 Adult Family Homes 17201 15th Ave NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-364-9336 woodinville Fairwinds – Brittany Park Retirement / Assisted Living 17143 - 133rd Ave NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-402-7100 The Creekside A Merrill Gardens Community Independent Retirement Community 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-286-8974

kitsap County

bremerton Bay Pointe Assisted Living 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904 Marine Courte Memory Care 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904


port orchard Park Vista Retirement & Assisted Living Community 2944 SE Lund Avenure Port Orchard WA 98366 360-871-2323 silverdale Crista Shores Independent, Assisted Living 1600 NW Crista Shores Lane Silverdale WA 98383 1-800-722-4135

Pierce County

Bonney Lake Cedar Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living 9515 198th Avenue East Bonney Lake WA 98391 253-299-6461 gig harbor Peninsula Retirement / Independent Living 3445 50th Street Court NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-858-4800 Sound Vista Village Retirement / Assisted Living 6633 McDonald Avenue Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-851-9929 lakewood Maple Creek Residential Care 10420 Gravelly Lake Drive SW Lakewood WA 98499 253-588-0227 milton Alder Ridge Independent Senior Apartments 2800 Alder Street Milton WA 98354 253-878-5665 Mill Ridge Village Retirement / Assisted Living 607 28th Avenue Milton WA 98354 253-925-9200

puyallup Meridian Hills Assisted Living 1813 South Meridian Street Puyallup WA 98371 253-841-4909

olympia Capital Place Retirement / Independent Living 700 Black Lake Boulevard Olympia WA 98502 360-357-9922

Silver Creek Retirement & Assisted Living Community 17607 91st Avenue East Puyallup WA 98375 253-875-8644

Yelm Rosemont Retirement & Assisted Living Community 215 Killion Road NW Yelm WA 98597 360-458-1800

Willow Gardens Retirement / Independent Living­ 4502 6th Street SE Puyallup WA 98374 253-848-4430 tacoma Charlton Place Assisted Living 9723 South Steel St Tacoma WA 98444 253-589-1834

hoquiam Channel Point Village Retirement / Assisted Living 907 K Street Hoquiam WA 98550 360-532-9000

Point Defiance Village Retirement / Independent Living 6414 N Park Way Tacoma WA 98407 253-759-8908

Lacey Bonaventure of Lacey Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 4528 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-455-8500 Woodland Retirement & Assisted Living Community 4532 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-528-2253

port townsend Seaport Landing Retirement & Assisted Living Community 1201 Hancock Street Port Townsend WA 98368 360-379-9376

grays harbor County

Merrill Gardens at Tacoma Independent & Assisted Living 7290 Rosemount Circle Tacoma WA 98465 253-617-0100

Thurston County

jefferson County


port angeles Park View Villas Retirement / Assisted Living 1430 Park View Lane Port Angeles WA 98363 360-452-7222

grant County

Moses Lake Pioneer Village Independent Senior Apartments 816 E Sharon Ave Moses Lake WA 98837 509-764-7600

senior guidebook – bridging generations


senior guidebook – bridging generations

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